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Employment Rights Legislation - Question (1 Feb 2023)

Lord Watts: The Minister is quite wrong: some protections are better than the European average, but lots more are not. The Government are very fond of rolling over trade deals; why can they not roll over the protections British workers have now, so that they will not worry about their future conditions?

Vulnerable Households: Energy Costs - Question (31 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, will the Minister explain why energy bills in the UK are double what they are in the rest of Europe? Can he explain that to the customers?

Cars: Headlight Glare - Question (30 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Minister says that her department is carrying out a review of road safety. Will it cover cyclists, who often travel with no lights, go through red lights, travel at high speeds and cause danger to the public?

Cars: Headlight Glare - Question (30 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Minister says that her department is carrying out a review of road safety. Will it cover cyclists, who often travel with no lights, go through red lights, travel at high speeds and cause danger to the public?

Local Councils: 2023-24 Budgets - Question (25 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House what inflation figure was used when the local government settlement was made?

Levelling Up Fund - Question (24 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Government claim that the bidding process is fair. Can the Minister explain to the House why Knowsley, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, received nothing, yet the Prime Minister’s area received £20 million for a park scheme?

REUL Bill: Trade Unions and Workers’ Rights - Question (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, why are the Government so obsessed with making workers’ rights worse than they are now? Will he answer the question asked by my noble friend Lord Woodley? Why will he not give a guarantee that no workers’ rights will be diminished by this legislation?

Wales: Additional Financial Resources - Question (18 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, is it not the case that the allocations to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were made before the Tory Government wrecked the economy? Is it not time that we reviewed those allocations and, at the same time, the pay issue, which was also set before the Government wrecked the economy? That has had a dramatic effect on both.

Asylum Seekers: Local Authority Accommodation - Question (16 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Minister says that he is not aware of any local authority that has failed in its duty to provide accommodation. Will he produce a league table with all the local authorities, so that this House and everyone outside it can understand what the real position is, rather than what the Minister claims?

Banks: Forged Customer Signatures - Question (16 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, is it not the case that all our regulators are toothless tigers? What is needed is more resources and a change in legislation to give the powers to protect the public.

Care Homes: Staffing - Question (11 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, rather than bringing in people from abroad, would it not be more effective to pay our own people proper wages with proper conditions, so that they want to work in this sector?

NHS Winter Pressures - Statement (10 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: The Government have spent 13 years cutting the number of beds and they are now reversing that and starting to increase it, which is welcome. The other thing that they have done is to constrain pay in the NHS and social care. They have an opportunity to do something about that. Why are they not taking the opportunity to boost pay in both those sectors to address some of the problems that we face?

Public Service Ombudsman for England - Question (10 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: What about the war in Ukraine?

Environmental Principles Policy Statement - Question (9 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Government’s claim that their environmental policies are leading the world is waffle. Can the Minister give us two examples of where this Government are leading the world?

Police: Employment and Discipline - Question (9 Jan 2023)

Lord Watts: My Lords, is it not the case that there are three stages, but there are three appeals, so there are six stages, which is why the process takes so long? Can the Minister confirm that the terms of reference will include the time it takes to go through the procedures, so that they are speeded up, and that that will be an important part of the review?

Prime Minister: Trade Unions - Question (19 Dec 2022)

Lord Watts: My Lords, do the Government understand that this pay review body made its award when there was low inflation? Inflation is now at 10% or higher. Is it not time that we asked it to look at this again and give a fair offer? It might not be above inflation, but it would be a lot fairer than the one being offered.

Tax-free Shopping - Question (15 Dec 2022)

Lord Watts: My Lords, do the Government understand that it may not affect the number of tourists who come to the UK, but they will stop spending in the shops and that will be lost revenue? Will the Minister not reconsider this matter?

NHS: Agency Doctors and Nurses - Question (14 Dec 2022)

Lord Watts: My Lords, the Government have changed the pension rules for doctors, creating an incentive for them to retire earlier. The Government are committed to looking at that issue, but they do not seem to be doing anything. When can we expect a change in that policy so we can retain our doctors?

Biomass Strategy - Question (14 Dec 2022)

Lord Watts: My Lords, following the earlier question from the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, does the Government’s assessment take into account the travel costs and the cost of bringing those materials to the UK?

Children’s Private Information: Data Protection Law - Question (12 Dec 2022)

Lord Watts: Are the people who oversee this new model the same as those who oversaw the previous one? Where is the accountability in the system? What happened to those people, who should have known better and should not have let this happen?


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